The Milford Police Department is currently investigating a scam reported by a Milford resident. On September 28, 2012 the resident was contacted by a male who identified himself as an agent from the Drug Enforcement Agency.
This impersonator told the victim that they had recently seized a package with the victim’s name and address on it recently from a raid they had conducted. In lieu of being arrested, the male told the victim he could pay a fine and would need to send money to them.
The victim sent $500 via Western Union to a male in the Dominican Republic as instructed to do so by the male.
The victim informed police he had purchased prescriptions drugs online in the past, which is a common theme among other victims of this type of scam.
The DEA has this extortion scam listed on their website and urge victim’s to contact their agency and police if someone calls them claiming to be from the DEA or other law enforcement agencies requesting money.
Police are providing the following tips for residents:
- Do not respond to any phone calls, mail or emails that are unsolicited which appear suspicious in nature.
- Check the phone number via the internet to see if other complaints have been made regarding that number.
- Be wary of people who ask you to send funds via money wiring services
- Report any suspicious incidents to your local police department.
For further information regarding this scam please visit www.dea.gov and view Extortion Scam Alert or contact (877) 792-2873.